Urbana City Council will Vote on Domestic Partner Registry and Benefits this Monday

On Monday, May 2, the Urbana City Council will take a final vote to establish a domestic partner registry. The registry will be open to same-sex and heterosexual partners living together in a close and committed relationship of mutual financial and emotional support. Both partners living in Urbana as well as those outside of Urbana are eligible to register. The opening of the registry will be announced this summer. Also on Monday's agenda is a motion to extend health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. This would shore up domestic partner benefits to make them equal to those extended to married employees. The City voted last summer to extend partial benefits to domestic partners of city employees, but these benefits did not include health insurance.

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